Win valuable prizes and fame by playing the Mad Money Machine Lazy Portfolio Smackdown Game in 2008: Email me your Lazy Portfolio before 2 January 2008 to enter!
In 2006 we had a portfolio smackdown between a portfolio of Cramer’s recommended stocks that I selected vs. a basket of ETFs I bought and held. The ETFs won. In 2007 we featured a portfolio smackdown between Cramer’s recommended stocks that 20 volunteers selected vs. the IFA Indexfolio 100. It is neck and neck, meaning being lazy must win, right? So next year in 2008 I would like to create a new competition I’ll call the Mad Money Machine Lazy Portfolio Smackdown in which we pit all the various lazy portfolios against one another. We will be judging not only on return but also risk, as measured by standard deviation. The Mad Money Machine Lazy Portfolio Smackdown will of course feature the IFA Indexfolios, which are the gold standard of reward vs. risk portfolios. We will also include the other lazy portfolios that I have mentioned here previously. But also to make this fun and community-involved, I will include YOUR suggested lazy portfolio.
The rules are simple:
1. Create a portfolio of ETFs or Mutual funds (not individual stocks!) and indicate the percentage holding of each fund. Please limit the number of funds to 15 or fewer as anything more than that is not lazy.
2. Email the ticker symbols and percentages to me at Feedback AT MadMoneyMachine dot com.
3. I will calculate on a weekly basis the YTD return of the portfolio and the YTD standard deviation.
4. I may also try to go back in time with the portfolio to show its historical annualized return and annualized risk. Obviously, most ETFs don’t have any long history, so I may use substitute funds.
5. Three winning portfolios will be selected based upon closing prices December 31 2008 and will be the ones that have the highest reward vs. lowest risk for the year in each of three deciles: 0% to 8% risk, 8% to 16% risk, and 16+% risk.
6. Winners will receive a copy of Index Funds: The 12-Step Program for Active Investors by Mark Hebner of Index Funds Advisors at IFA.com, will be crowned Lazy Portfolio Manager of the Year, and other valuable awards to be determined!
7. Entries must be received before 2 January 2008 so act quickly.